Erdogan Calls for a General Election in Turkey

This is admittedly somewhat of a surprise. The question many are asking is "Why?" I suspect that the main reason is to try and shore up heavy populist support, not just against his opponents, but also with regards to Turkey's involvement in Syria and it's relationship with Russia, which is in a rather difficult position at the moment with regards to international diplomatic relations. How this will pay off remains to be seen, but I suspect it will pay off because otherwise such a move would not have been risked. Turkish voters will need to bear in mind however, how Erdogan has tended to put off some of his neighbours, and whether they want to join the European Union or not

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